On Sunday morning, the New York Post published a very Post-y cover story about the recent resignation of NYPD chief of department Philip Banks III and Chirlane McCray’s supposed reaction to it. According to the Post, “sources” said that a “furious” McCray yelled, “I told you we can’t trust [Bill Bratton]!” upon learning that Banks had quit after disagreeing with the NYPD chief over the conditions of a planned promotion. The conservative tabloid also claimed that Banks “was [McCray]’s choice” for police commissioner, a job she “never wanted to see” Bratton do. (Bratton was, of course, appointed by McCray’s husband, Mayor de Blasio.) On Sunday afternoon, de Blasio and Bratton held a press conference to show that they were getting along and to deny the Post’s claims. On her blog, McCray did the same, while also issuing some general criticism of New York City’s press corps. … [Read more...] about Mayor de Blasio and Chirlane McCray Aren’t Happy With the New York
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The governor’s executive orders leave it up to his administration to decide when a region has met the state’s standards for lifting restrictions. The rules guiding exactly when counties can move from one reopening phase to another have been less clear, though the state set the minimum amount of time between phases at two weeks, saying that gap was needed to let officials monitor infection rates. … [Read more...] about Questions on reopening New York’s economy baffle businesses
“You’re damned if we do, damned if we don’t,” Cantone said in response to the mayor’s position. “It’s not working this way. I have to take a chance or we have to take a chance. If there’s repercussions, there’s repercussions.” … [Read more...] about ‘Let The People Decide’: New York City Business Owners Defy State Orders, Reopen Early
He also had a message for protesters. “If you are angry with the government, if you are angry with the elected leaders, direct that anger to all of us, because if we haven’t done enough, we are the ones who should be held responsible," he said. “But the police officer in front of you is a working man or woman just trying to do their job.” … [Read more...] about Demonstrators take to New York City streets in Floyd protest
“It might be a while until I get to experience the real New York,” Patel allowed. “But that means I get to gradually see everything come back to life [and] experience what really makes New York so special. I have a lot of compassion for New York even though I’ve never been and I know it’s the people, their energy, and the special community that makes it unique. Now, I get to participate in rebuilding it. That’s pretty special to me. Like being part of history of a city I’ve always admired, you know?” … [Read more...] about Not Everyone Is Fleeing New York City. These People Can’t Wait to Move In.